Couldn't really think of a better way of titling this post! I am a beginner card magician. I am about 2 months in and loving it. I used to do juggling when I was a bit younger, and play the drums, guitar etc and love hand and arm dexterity things. I am also very much a fidgiter. Always doing something with my hands. Don't know why I didn't start learning this sooner. Anyway I just have a few questions and hope I can get some honest answers and suggestions perhaps. I have never actually had a card trick performed to me before, ever so I come at magic from this weird perspective I guess but I love learning this stuff. So anyway so far I have learned / am still developing. Overhand false shuffles (Injog, Retention, Milk Shuffle, etc) Double undercut from breaks. Double over-cut / swing cut to a break. (I didn't know the name so just thought of it as a similar result to the double undercut but from the top down instead. False Cuts. False riffle shuffle. Mahatma overhand Shuffle from a break. But I am also developing my clipshift and initial holding of card to bottom using a similar clipshift feel. And so far the clipshift and bottom sort of variation althought have taken me a week or 2 to get comfortable with feel the better options than using double undercuts and swing cuts and breaks. So I guess my question is. Why not just get the selected card to the top , bottom or where you need it straight away without the spectator noticing and work from there? Do any of you do this. I can appreciate it is a matter of circumstance because these won't work in every situation. Either way I am going to learn all I can and get as good as I can in as much as I can because that is the fun of it. I hope this doesn't come off sounding insulting or anything like that I am just curious. Its just that I have found now that I have 4 or 5 methods of getting a selected card to the top or bottom of the deck within the first few seconds without having to do cuts and shuffles should I abuse these manipulations or even sometimes force myself to use the standardized manipulations. I do not have the experience yet so I am here to ask those of you who have that!